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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Enjoy two desserts in one with Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Inactive Time 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 12 minutes
Yields: 24
Recipe by Melanie Dueck

Ingredients

For the Cookie Layer:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

For the Cookie Layer:

  1. In bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream sugars and butter together for 3 minutes. Mix in molasses and vanilla. Beat in the eggs until smooth and creamy. Add in the dry ingredients while mixing on low. Mix until almost combined. Fold in 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Place cookie dough in fridge while you make the cheesecake layer.

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 pan with heavy duty foil and grease with cooking spray.
  2. With an electric mixer (standing or hand), beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until fully combined. Set aside.

Assembling:

  1. Use your hands to press half the dough (maybe slightly more) into the bottom of the pan. Pour the cheesecake batter on top. With the remaining cookie dough, dot the top with tablespoon size scoops. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and then bake for 40-42 minutes until cookie dough is golden. Remove from oven and let it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight before cutting and serving.